Anti Drones Protesters go on Trial in Las Vegas
12 anti drones activists pleaded 'not guilty' to trespass and interfering with traffic after entering into Creech airbase after taking part in a protest to shut down the base.
Defendants included Fred Bialy, an emergency room doctor who pleaded no contest, criticized the government’s drone policy, citing civilian casualties and a lack of due process for the intended targets. The strikes, he said, are tantamount to “extra-judicial assassination.”
“They are basically being terrorized by the United States,” Bialy said. “This is no way to treat other human beings.”
Christine Nelson, a nurse practitioner from Northern California who pleaded not guilty to trespassing, acknowledged that it is a tough choice for members of the armed services to disobey orders, but it is the right thing to do.
Opposition to drone strikes has risen as the number of strikes has spiked under the Obama administration. The federal government has conducted more than 450 strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, nearly nine times more than under President George W. Bush, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Read More.